I’m at such a loss for words it’s unreal.
The story continues to unfold over at Hello!Online where I first caught wind of this. At first I was extremely shocked and then wildly concerned. What on earth brought this about? I thought Maki was one of their biggest bread winners. Was this all because of her brother’s scandal? Would H!P really drop one of their biggest solo acts over something like this? Would they really not stand behind her? Are H!P and Maki both saying it had been discussed before to save face?
Or was this really something that Maki initiated over creative differences as an artist? H!P wanted her to go one way, Maki another? I really, really can’t belive that for several reasons.
1. Maki had a new single coming out which has been yanked from online stores.
2. If this really had been discussed in advance there wouldn’t have been discussions of Maki participating in the H!P Winter Tour.
3. Maki’s comment that her future is “uncertain” during her goodbye speech at her final concert. If she had already hooked up with another label as is rumored, would she say this? Wouldn’t she rather say “Please support me in my new venture?”
4. This follows so closely on the heels of her brother’s arrest.
Right now I am absolutely disgusted with H!P and it’s policies and practices involving it’s talent. How could they do this? I don’t see how this could possibly be affecting other members of H!P. I think they just made a huge, huge mistake.
Whatever the case, let’s all continue to support Maki now and in the future!